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Sean Newhart, PhD

Assistant Professor

Sean Newhart is an assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. He earned his doctoral degree in counselor education from the College of William & Mary and his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Clemson University. He teaches graduate students in the Counseling master’s degree program, with a focus on clinical mental health counseling. Sean is a member of ACA, ACES, and ACCA. He is a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor in the state of Maryland. He presents at state, regional, national, and international conferences in the field of counseling along with publishing articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. He also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Counseling & Development and the Journal of College Counseling. His clinical interests include working with college students, couples, and families. His general research interests include college counseling, the influence of family systems on mental health, and counselor development.


2019 Doctor of Philosophy, Counselor Education
College of William & Mary
Cognate: Marriage and Family Therapy and College Counseling
Dissertation title: The Influence of Family Functioning on Social Competence, Social Support, and Mental Health among College Students
Graduate Assistantship: Dr. Patrick Mullen; New Horizons Family Counseling Center

2016 Master of Education, Educational Specialist, Counselor Education
Clemson University

2014 Bachelor of Science, Psychology
James Madison University



2017 – Present American College Counseling Association (ACCA)
2017 – Present Association for Counseling Education and Supervision
2015 – Present American Counseling Association (ACA)
2017 – 2018 Virginia Counselors Association (VCA)
2015 – 2017 Chi Sigma Iota (CSI)

  • 2015 – 2016 Chi Upsilon Chapter President

2015 – 2016 South Carolina Counseling Association (SCCA)


National Certified Counselor
National Board for Certified Counselors (2016 – Present)

Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (NCC #)
National Board for Certified Counselors (2016 – Present)


Mullen, P. R., Newhart, S., Haskins, N., Shapiro, K, & Cassel, K. (2019). An examination of school counselors’ leadership self-efficacy, programmatic services, and social issue advocacy. Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy.

Newhart, S., Mullen, P. R., & Gutierrez, D. (2019). Expanding perspectives: Systemic approaches to college students experiencing depression. Journal of Counseling & Development, 97(3), 260-269.

Mullen, P. R., Gutierrez, D., & Newhart, S. (2018). School counselors’ emotional intelligence and its relationship to leadership. Professional School Counseling, 21(1b), 1-12.

Newhart, S. (2018). Integration of learning in counselor education. William & Mary Educational Review, 6(1), 61-69.

Sackett, C. R., Newhart, S., Jenkins, A. M., & Corey, L. (2017). Girls’ perspectives of barriers to outdoor physical activity through photo voice: A call for counselor advocacy. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 13(1), 2-18. doi: 10.1080/15401383.2017.1343166

Scott, D. A., Black, A. C., Lewis, E., & Newhart, S. (2017). Homelessness. In J. Carlson & S. Dermer (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling. (pp. 784-787). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.


Mullen, P., Denney, A., & Newhart, S. (March, 2019). Job stress and burnout among college counselors and student affairs professionals. American Counseling Association Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Newhart, S. (February, 2019). An exploration of current trends, attitudes, and implementation climate towards evidence-based practice among college counselors. American College Counseling Association Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.

Pignato, L., & Newhart, S. (November, 2018). IDM-G: A Developmental Model Addressing Experiential Groups in Counselor Training. Virginia Counseling Association Annual Convention. Norfolk, VA.

Vaughn, C., & Newhart, S. (October, 2018). Development of a Measure of Intervention Skills in Counselor Education Students Using the IDM. Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Myrtle Beach, SC.

Mullen, P., Haskins, N. H., & Newhart, S. (April, 2018). School counselors’ leadership self- efficacy, delivery of services and advocacy. American Counseling Association Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Mullen, P., & Newhart, S. (February, 2018). Job stress, burnout, job satisfaction, and turnover intentions among college counselors and student affairs professionals. American College Counseling Association Annual Conference. Charlotte, NC.

Newhart, S., & Mullen, P. (February, 2018). The meaningful system: Application of family systems theory in college counseling centers. American College Counseling Association Annual Conference. Charlotte, NC.

Newhart, S., & Pignato, L. (February, 2018). IDM-G: A developmental model addressing experiential groups in counselor training. Association for Specialists in Group Work Annual Conference. Savannah, GA.

Sackett, C., & Newhart, S. (October, 2017). Collaborating with master’s students on research and scholarly writing: a worthwhile endeavor? Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.

Newhart, S., & Vaughn, C. (October, 2017). Current approaches and limitations to the assessment of counseling supervisee competencies. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Chicago, IL.

Mullen, P., Blount, A., Hagedorn, W. B., & Newhart, S. (March, 2017). Counselor educators’ preferred qualities of candidates for faculty positions. American Counseling Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA.

Newhart, S. (February, 2017). Are you Freudian?: Why psychodynamic theory is relevant in contemporary counseling practice. Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision 2017 Graduate Student Conference. Norfolk, VA.

Mullen, P., & Newhart, S. (November, 2016). The application of motivational interviewing to enhance students’ academic engagement. Virginia Counseling Association Annual Conference. Williamsburg, Virginia.

Sackett, C., Newhart, S., Jenkins, A., & Cory, L. (April, 2016). Counselor advocacy on youth outdoor physical activity: Perspectives via photovoice. American Counseling Association Annual Conference. Montreal, Canada.

Newhart, S. (March, 2015). Borderline personality disorder: Considerations in the college student population. South Carolina Counseling Association Annual Conference. Hilton Head, South Carolina.


Camp Launch, College of William & Mary

  • Created and facilitated a classroom curriculum based on psychosocial development with middle school students identified as gifted and from low socioeconomic backgrounds (Summer 2018)

College of William & Mary

  • EDUC 624 – Theory and Practice of Multicultural Counseling, Master Instructor of Online Course (Summer, 2019)
  • EDUC 647 – Doctoral Internship in Supervision, Teaching Intern (Spring, 2019)
  • EDUC F65 – Research Methods in Education, Teaching Intern (Summer, 2018)
  • EDUC 627 – Marriage and Family Counseling, Teaching Intern (Spring, 2018)
  • EDUC C32 – Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Teaching Intern (Fall, 2017)
  • EDUC C34 – Group Theory and Techniques, Group Facilitator (Fall, 2017)
    • Created and facilitated a developmentally focused curriculum for master’s students in counselor education
  • EDUC 645 – The Counselor and Psychopathology, Teaching Intern (Summer, 2017)
  • EDUC C24 – Supervised Practicum in Counseling, Teaching Intern (Spring, 2017)
  • EDUC 624 – Theory and Practice of Multicultural Counseling, Teaching Intern (Spring, 2017; Spring 2018)
  • EDUC C33 – Techniques of Counseling, Teaching Intern (Fall, 2016)

08/2019 – Present Lecturer, Assistant Professor
Johns Hopkins University
School of Education, Counseling and Human Development Program
Baltimore, MD

01/2017 – 05/2019 Counseling Intern 
New Horizons Family Counseling Center, William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA

11/2016 – 12/2017 Resident in Counseling
Christopher Newport University, Office of Counseling Services
Newport News, VA

8/2015 – 4/2016 Counseling Intern
Clemson University, Counseling and Psychological Services
Clemson, SC

1/2015 – 8/2015 Direct Care Staff
New Foundations Home for Children
Anderson, SC

1/2015 – 4/2015 Counseling Practicum Intern
Marshall I. Pickens Hospital, Partial Hospitalization Program
Greenville, SC

1/2014 – 5/2014 Field Placement Intern
Batterers Intervention Program
Harrisonburg, VA


Service to the Profession

ACA Proposal Reviewer, San Diego 2020

ACA Assistant Volunteer Coordinator, New Orleans 2019

ACES Proposal Reviewer, Seattle 2019

ACCA Research Committee Member 2018

SACES Student Volunteer, Myrtle Beach 2018

SACES Program Reviewer, Myrtle Beach 2018

Reviewer, Journal of College Counseling 2018 –2021

ASGW Proposal Reviewer, Savannah 2018

ASGW Student Volunteer, Savannah 2018

ACA Public Policy & Legislation Committee Member 2017 –2018

ACES Student Volunteer, Chicago 2017

ACA Student Volunteer, San Francisco 2017

ACA Student Volunteer, Montreal 2016

SCCA Student Volunteer, Myrtle Beach 2015


2019 W&M School of Education Award for Excellence
2019 ACCA Emerging Leader Grant
2017 VCA Pete Warren Graduate Student Fellow
2013 Order of Omega
2013 Psi Chi